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Do you want (need?) to IMPROV(e)  your ability to think and act on the fly?

In a fun, action-packed morning, learn how to think on your feet and react to the unexpected with confidence. Available for the first time as an online interactive workshop!

Improvisation is – quite simply – the art of taking the stage without preparation. For legal professionals who are trained to prepare, and then prepare more, this concept is often foreign. Embracing risk, knowing how to react to the unexpected, and being able to actively engage with others are skills that will help you thrive – both in practice and in life. To succeed, you must be able to actively listen, stay in the moment, and deal with the unexpected. These are the key elements of improv.

This unique, interactive workshop will provide you with the foundations of improvisation and its practical applications for legal professionals. Led by Lisa Merchant, an improv instructor with The Second City, Humber Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, Bad Dog Theatre, The Social Capital Theatre.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll be better able to think and act on your feet, answer questions on the fly, and speak with confidence and poise. Best of all? You will acquire these skills in a fun, safe practice zone, where you can take chances without consequences.

Now offered for the first time as an interactive live online learning experience.  IMPROV(e) from the comfort of your home or office!

Due to the nature of the workshop, space is strictly limited. Register today!

Workshop Leader

  • Lisa Merchant, Instructor/Facilitator/Performer; Senior Faculty Member, The Second City Training Centre

About Lisa Merchant:

“Taking improv with Lisa Merchant was a game changer for me. It not only helped me be a better communicator, it made me a better person. I learned fundamental ideas that I still apply to this day. Over ten years after taking that original class, I invited Lisa to come and speak to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to give them a competitive advantage. Such is the value of what she has to teach.”
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Champion and 2012 Canadian Olympic Team chef de mission

“Lisa creates an open environment that encourages lawyers to push their boundaries, all while having a ton of fun.”
Cara Gibbons, City of Toronto Legal Services

“What a fantastic program! Lisa Merchant has the most engaging way to teach you to take risks and think quickly, often out of the box. These are skills that anyone can use, both personally and professionally. Well done!”
Jill M. Knudsen, Macdonald Sager Manis LLP


Fees include attendance and program materials.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alison Hurst at ahurst@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

December 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$345 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers at all levels of experience and practice areas
  • In-house counsel
  • Sole practitioners
  • Crown attorneys
  • Criminal defence lawyers
  • Government counsel
  • Paralegals
  • Articling students

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“Fun and interactive…using the techniques immediately helped me retain them.”
Stacy Stevens, Partner, Thomson, Rogers Lawyers

“The words ‘Continuing Professional Development’ and ‘fun’ seldom go together. This is a refreshing exception.”
Donald Hanna, EY LLP

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